On our sunny spring days, like we enjoyed last weekend, the Northwest can seem like the Garden of Eden. I only have to walk a few blocks from my house to reach a well-maintained trail that meanders along Honey Creek, through a quiet, steep valley deeply shaded by fern-covered trees. Simple old wooden bridges enable the trail to criss-cross over the creek below, keeping hikers (and bikers and horse-back riders) feeling close to the flowing water.
I’ve been enjoying these trails with my family for 26 years, and they have changed very little over the years. The City of Renton does a great job of maintaining them (in part because of utilities buried in the trails). When guests visit from out of town, if the weather is at all permitting, I take them down the Honey Creek trail. Anyone who wants to experience it can find it by parking on the street near Kennydale Memorial Hall, where Edmonds Ave. NE meets NE 27th Street. Walk eastward down the hill and enjoy the paved trail that used to be “Devils Elbow Road”. As the road crosses May Creek, at the bottom of the Elbow, walkers and bikers can access the Honey Creek trail which is finished with compacted gravel.